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Philmont Itinerary 2024: 9-4

Difficulty: Challenging

Length: 9 days

Official Miles: 44 // Our Count: 49.9

Avg Miles per Day: 5.5 miles

Total Elevation: 1,294ft ↕ (8,756ft↑/7,462ft↓) // 394 meters ↕ (2,669m↑/2,274m↓)

Year: 2024

Day 1: Base Camp

Sleep at: Camping HQ - Base Camp

Distance¹: 0.0 miles / 0 KM

Campsite Elevation: 6,700 ft // 2,042 meters

Hiking Elevation: 0ft ↕ (0ft↑/0ft↓) // 0 meters ↕ (0m↑/0m↓)

Program: Opening Campfire

Day 2: Trail Camp - Food Pickup

Trailhead: Heck Meadow Trailhead

Sleep at: Heck Meadow - Trail Camp

Distance¹: 6.4 miles / 10.3 KM

Campsite Elevation: 7,149 ft // 2,179 meters

Hiking Elevation: 424ft ↕ (535ft↑/111ft↓) // 129 meters ↕ (163m↑/34m↓)

Commisary: Camping HQ

Program: Water, Ranger Training, Trail Camp

Day 3: Staffed Camp

Sleep at: Clarks Fork - Staffed Camp

Distance¹: 2.4 miles / 3.9 KM

Campsite Elevation: 7,539 ft // 2,298 meters

Hiking Elevation: 443ft ↕ (543ft↑/100ft↓) // 135 meters ↕ (166m↑/30m↓)

Program: Western Lore/Branding, Horse Rides, Chuckwagon Dinner, Campfire

Day 4: Staffed Camp - Food Pickup

Sleep at: Cimarroncito - Staffed Camp

Distance¹: 3.2 miles / 5.1 KM

Campsite Elevation: 8,145 ft // 2,483 meters

Hiking Elevation: 521ft ↕ (712ft↑/191ft↓) // 159 meters ↕ (217m↑/58m↓)

Commisary: Cimarroncito

Program: Visiting Forester, Advanced Rock Climbing & Rappelling

Day 5: Trail Camp

Sleep at: Whistle Punk Camp - Trail Camp

Distance¹: 8.6 miles / 13.8 KM

Campsite Elevation: 10,051 ft // 3,064 meters

Hiking Elevation: 1,860ft ↕ (2,589ft↑/729ft↓) // 567 meters ↕ (789m↑/222m↓)

Program: Gold Mining & Panning, Trail Camp

Day 6: Staffed Camp - Food Pickup

Sleep at: Sawmill - Staffed Camp

Distance¹: 3.1 miles / 5 KM

Campsite Elevation: 9,219 ft // 2,810 meters

Hiking Elevation: -816ft ↕ (11ft↑/827ft↓) // -249 meters ↕ (3m↑/252m↓)

Commisary: Sawmill

Program: Conservation Project, 30.06 Rifle Shooting & Reloading

Day 7: Trail Camp

Sleep at: Divide - Trail Camp

Distance¹: 8.4 miles / 13.5 KM

Campsite Elevation: 10,590 ft // 3,228 meters

Hiking Elevation: 1,384ft ↕ (2,017ft↑/633ft↓) // 422 meters ↕ (615m↑/193m↓)

Program: Climb Comanche Peak, Water, Trail Camp

Day 8: Trail Camp

Sleep at: Tolby Headwaters - Trail Camp

Distance¹: 10.6 miles / 17.1 KM

Campsite Elevation: 9,819 ft // 2,993 meters

Hiking Elevation: -779ft ↕ (1,923ft↑/2,702ft↓) // -237 meters ↕ (586m↑/824m↓)

Program: Water, Side hike Mt Phillips, Rocky Mountain Fur Co., Muzzle Loading Rifles, Tomahawks, Trail Camp

Day 9: Base Camp

Trailhead: Tolby Trailhead

Sleep at: Camping HQ - Base Camp

Distance¹: 7.2 miles / 11.6 KM

Campsite Elevation: 6,700 ft // 2,042 meters

Hiking Elevation: -1,743ft ↕ (426ft↑/2,169ft↓) // -531 meters ↕ (130m↑/661m↓)

Program: Hike to Tolby Trailhead, Closing Campfire

¹ This is the official distance published by Philmont. This is the shortest possible amount you could hike that day. Depending on your crew's navigational abilities, you could hike a LOT more than this.